Mum fumes after finding suicide ‘joke’ game in Home Bargains toy aisle

A furious mum says it’s lucky her five-year-old couldn't understand the references to drug use, violence and suicide in a slime game she accidentally bought him last weekend.

A Glasgow mother has blasted her local Home Bargains store after claiming she unwittingly bought her five-year-old a game that made jokes about suicide, genitalia and swearing.

Jaymielee Stewart, from Glasgow's south side, says she was shopping in her local store in Auldhouse store on Sunday, January 17 with her son when she let him choose a toy from the child's section.

Picking up the 'Bucket of Doom Toxic Edition’ from the toy aisles, it was placed among the soft toys and toys with slime.

It was only when he got home to play with the toy that Jaymielee looked inside to see the bucket had cards inside with distressingly poor-taste messages written on them.

Jaymielee told Glasgow Live : "He was so excited to play it. When we got home he opened it right away.

“Luckily my son isn’t old enough to read or understand any of the words included on these cards, I couldn’t believe my eyes when he came running in asking me to read him a 'story'.

“After a quick glance at the cards -some suggesting jump of a cliff it will make your parents happy, or pour petrol on your head and light it, others suggesting taking cocaine – I thought surely not?”

The ‘Bucket of Doom Toxic Edition’ is described as an "adult play game" and "black comedy story-telling game".

Inside the bucket has cards reading sentences saying ‘dad’s d***k pic”, “doll that p****s and s***s itself", as well as references to suicide, genitalia and swearing.

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Online the game has an age advisory as suitable for 17 years old and over.

It advises players to "read out one of the doom cards to discover what sort of mess you’re in". It then says to "take a look at your 8 useless object cards, these could be anything from a severed finger’". Other ‘objects’ are body parts and celebrities.

Jaymielee said: “My first thought was why on earth this was displayed in a baby and toddler section, but the more I looked at the vile things these cards suggested the more traumatic they became. "

She added: "With child suicide at its highest right now I certainly don’t think a game like this should be on the shelves. It’s absolutely disgusting how this has passed reading standards.”

“The cards are just vile. Yes possibly it’s okay as an over 18 game, but to have it displayed in a children’s section and then have the audacity to say it’s suitable for 17 year olds is beyond me.

“Personally, even if this was advertised in an adult section it’s not something I think is suitable for a 17 year old. I just hope no teenagers with mental health have bought this game."

“Even the staff thought it was just a slime game," she added. "The cashier said while I was buying it 'oh you’re brave, that slime gets everywhere'.

“I’m lost for words. It should be removed from the shelves altogether and the age restriction needs to be reconsidered.”

Home Bargains declined to comment on the story. A spokeswoman for Big Potato, the company behind the Bucket of Doom game, told Glasgow Live: "At Big Potato we specialise in games that are easy to pick up and hard to put down.

"We’ve got adult games, family games and kids games. Our 17+ adult party game Bucket Of Doom is definitely not one of the latter! We’re more than happy to suggest something more age appropriate."

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